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PUBLISHED: 5:40 PM on Wednesday, May 14, 2008
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Acoustic trio - Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, joined by Barry Mitterhoff on the mandolin. Kaukonen and Casady started playing guitar together as kids, and over the decades became part of Jefferson Airplane, produced over two dozen albums, and toured nearly every corner of the globe.


Kaukonen has been the leading practitioner and teacher of fingerstyle guitar, one of the most highly respected interpreters of American roots music, blues, and Americana, and at the forefront of popular rock-and-roll. Barry Mitterhoff has explored all the instrument's various styles, and it has carried him to Broadway, the silver screen, thousands of live performances and the recording studio for dozens of projects, even the White House.

• May 25 at 8pm, Juneau-Douglas High School Auditorium

Butch Thompson Trio

Jazz - Well-known for its long run on public radio's "A Prairie Home Companion," the Butch Thompson Trio plays early jazz and ragtime, "music for the people." The Trio draws inspiration from a wide variety of sources: Scott Joplin's graceful ragtime, Jelly Roll Morton's New Orleans jazz, and Fats Waller's Harlem stride piano are all here, along with the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Louis Armstrong, Hoagy Carmichael and Irving Berlin.


Butch formed the Trio in 1978, expressly for "A Prairie Home Companion." The group stayed with the show for eight years and since then, they have traveled widely as a popular concert attraction, playing community concerts, college dates, and festivals.

• Community Day on Campus, May 24 at 10am, UAS Auke Lake campus

• The Butch Thompson Trio, May 24 at 5pm, UAS Egan Lecture Hall

• Puttin' on the Ritz, May 24 at 8pm, UAS Egan Lecture Hall

Lannie Garrett

Cabaret singer - With her amazing keyboard player, Justin Adams, Denver-based Lannie Garrett delivers the goods for a night of cabaret that can swing from Gershwin to gypsy jazz and all points in between.


A vocal performer, screen and stage actress who's opened for Ray Charles and B.B. King, Lannie tailors her music to reach everyone.• An Evening of Cabaret with Lannie Garrett, May 18 at 7:30 pm, Westmark Baranof Hotel

• Monday Brown Bag Concert, May 19 at 12:00 pm, State Office Building

• Cabaret Workshop with Lannie Garrett, May 19 at 7:30 pm UAS Egan Lecture Hall

Charlie Musselwhite

Blues - Musselwhite brings his guitar and harmonica fireworks to the festival hot on the heels of a new CD release, "Delta Hardware," and four trophies from this year's Blues Music Awards.


Everyone wants him to sit in, from Bonnie Raitt and longtime friend John Lee Hooker, to Tom Waits, Ben Harper, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and more. Musselwhite has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Monterey Blues Festival and is a multi-Grammy nominee.• Opening Night Blues, May 16 at 8pm, ANB Hall

• Blues Cruise I with Charlie Musselwhite, May 17 at 5pm, Statter Harbor, Auke Bay

• Blues Cruise II with Charlie Musselwhite, May 17 at 9pm, Statter Harbor, Auke Bay

Lauren Skuce

Soprano - Lauren Skuce is noted for her versatility on both the opera and concert stage, and is acknowledged as one of today's rising young artists.


She created the role of Heloise in the world premiere of Stephen Paulus' Heloise and Abelard with the Juilliard Opera Center and portrayed Ophelia in Hamlet with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis to immense critical acclaim. With New York City Opera, Ms. Skuce made her debut as Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia.• Tuesday Brown Bag Concert, May 20 at 12pm, State Office Building

•Festival Workshops - all ages, all levels, May 20 at 7pm, UAS

• Winds of Time, Wings of Song, May 21 at 7:30 pm, UAS Egan Lecture Hall

• Unbridled Passion: Romantic Impulse Across the Ages, May 22 at 7:30 pm, UAS Egan Lecture Hall

• Puttin' on the Ritz, May 24 at 8pm, UAS Egan Lecture Hall

The Bad Plus

Jazz Piano Trio - The Bad Plus is a collective made up of bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson, and drummer David King.


All three are from the Midwest and they have known each other since their teens. Nonetheless, with the exception of one unimpressive meeting in 1990, it is only after spending their formative 20s apart that they reunited later to play a weekend club date in Minneapolis.•The Bad Plus, jazz piano trio, May 23 at 8pm, Juneau-Douglas High School Auditorium

Bruce Adolphe

Composer - A renowned composer whose music is performed throughout the world, Bruce Adolphe is also the author of several books on music, an innovative educator, and a versatile performer. He holds the following positions concurrently: Resident Lecturer and Director of Family Concerts for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, founding creative director of PollyRhythm Productions, and comic keyboard quiz-master of NPR's weekly radio program Piano Puzzlers.


Adolphe's works for young people have been performed throughout the world. His composition, Red Dogs and Pink Skies, will be performed at the festival's annual family concert on May 24.• Pre-concert talk with Bruce Adolphe, May 21 at 6:30 pm, UAS Egan Lecture Hall

• Winds of Time, Wings of Song, May 21 at 7:30 pm, UAS Egan Lecture Hall

• Pre-concert talk with Bruce Adolphe, May 22 at 6:30 pm, UAS Egan Lecture Hall

• Unbridled Passion: Romantic Impulse Across the Ages, May 22 at 7:30 pm, UAS Egan Lecture Hall

• Open Rehearsal - Red Dogs & Pink Skies, May 23 at 3pm, UAS Egan Lecture Hall

• Red Dogs and Pink Skies - Family Concert, May 24 at 2pm, UAS Egan Lecture Hall

• Puttin' on the Ritz, May 24 at 8pm, UAS Egan Lecture Hall

The Apollo Trio

Classical piano trio - The Apollo Trio, with violinist Curtis Macomber, cellist Michael Kannen and pianist Marija Stroke: The trio brings a remarkable range of repertoire to the festival, and, according to the London Daily Telegraph, delivers it with "passion, intelligent musicianship and poetic fire."


Mr. Macomber teaches at the Julliard School and the Manhattan School of Music and Mr. Kannen is on the faculty of Dartmouth College. Ms. Stroke regularly performs at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Chamber Music Northwest and the City of London Festival.

*Stroke does not appear in "Red Dogs and Pink Skies" or the Classical Brunch Cruise.

• Festival Workshops - all ages, all levels, May 20 at 7pm, UAS

• Wednesday Brown Bag Concert, May 21 at 12pm, State Office Building

• Winds of Time, Wings of Song, May 21 at 7:30 pm, UAS Egan Lecture Hall

• Unbridled Passion: Romantic Impulse Across the Ages, May 22 at 7:30 pm, UAS Egan Lecture Hall

• Red Dogs and Pink Skies - Family Concert, May 24 at 2:00 pm, UAS Egan Lecture Hall

• Puttin' on the Ritz, May 24 at 8:00 pm, UAS Egan Lecture Hall

• Classical Brunch Cruise, May 25 at 12pm, Statter Harbor, Auke Bay

Alexander Fiterstein

Clarinet - Fiterstein is the First Prize winner of the 2001 Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition and First Prize winner of the 2001 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.• Thursday Brown Bag Concert, May 22 at 12pm, State Office Bldg


• Unbridled Passion: Romantic Impulse Across the Ages, May 22 at 7:30 pm, Egan Lecture Hall

• Open Rehearsal - Red Dogs & Pink Skies, May 23 at 3pm, UAS Egan Lecture Hall

• Red Dogs and Pink Skies - Family Concert, May 24 at 2pm, UAS Egan Lecture Hall

• Puttin' on the Ritz, May 24 at 8pm, UAS Egan Lecture Hall

Misha Amory

Viola - Since winning the 1991 Naumburg Viola Award, Misha Amory has been active as a soloist and chamber musician. He has performed with orchestras in the United States and Europe. Mr. Amory holds degrees from Yale University and the Juilliard School and serves on the faculty of Juilliard.


• Thursday Brown Bag Concert, May 22 at 12pm, State Office Building

• Unbridled Passion: Romantic Impulse Across the Ages, May 22 at 7:30 pm, UAS Egan Lecture Hall

• Puttin' on the Ritz, May 24 at 8pm, UAS Egan Lecture Hall

• Classical Brunch Cruise, May 25 at 12pm, Statter Harbor, Auke Bay

Mark Steinberg

Violinist - Steinberg is an active chamber musician and recitalist. He has been heard in chamber music festivals in Holland, Germany, Austria, and France and participated in the Marlboro Music Festival, the El Paso Festival, on the Bargemusic series in New York, at Chamber Music Northwest, and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.• Tuesday Brown Bag Concert, May 20 at 12pm, State Office Bldg.


• Festival Workshops - all ages, all levels, May 20 at 7pm, University of Alaska Southeast

• Unbridled Passion: Romantic Impulse Across the Ages, May 22 7:30 pm, UAS Egan Lecture Hall

• Puttin' on the Ritz, May 24 at 8pm, UAS Egan Lecture Hall

• Classical Brunch Cruise, May 25 at 12pm, Statter Harbor

Marco Granados

Flute - A native of Venezuela, Marco Granados maintains an active international career as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. His diverse repertoire spans from classical to folk and his collaborations include those with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and with such distinguished artists as Paquito D'Rivera, flutist Ransom Wilson, harpist Nancy Allen, and oboist Heinz Holliger.


• Unbridled Passion: Romantic Impulse Across the Ages, May 22 at 7:30pm, UAS Egan Lecture Hall

• Friday Brown Bag Concert, May 23 at 12pm, Nugget Mall

• Open Rehearsal - Red Dogs & Pink Skies, May 23 at 3pm, UAS Egan Lecture Hall

• Red Dogs and Pink Skies - Family Concert, May 24 at 2pm, UAS Egan Lecture Hall

• Puttin' on the Ritz, May 24 at 8pm, UAS Egan Lecture Hall

John Ferrari

Percussion - John Ferrari is active in classical, jazz, pop, Broadway, film, television and dance music, the avant-garde, and multi-media. He performs and gives master classes nationally and abroad, and appears on dozens of recordings as percussionist, drummer and conductor. He is a founding member of the Hamburg Award-winning New Millennium Ensemble, a regular guest artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Chamber Music Northwest and has been a member of Meridian Arts Ensemble since 1993. Lately he can also be heard in the pit orchestras of Curtains and Legally Blonde in New York.


He holds degrees from SUNY Stony Brook and William Paterson University, where he serves on the performing arts faculty. In fall of 2007 he joined the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music.

• Friday Brown Bag Concert, May 23 at 12pm, Nugget Mall

• Open Rehearsal - Red Dogs & Pink Skies, May 23 at 3pm, UAS Egan Lecture Hall

• Red Dogs and Pink Skies - Family Concert, May 24 at 2pm, UAS Egan Lecture Hall

• Puttin' on the Ritz, May 24 at 8pm, UAS Egan Lecture Hall

David Brown

Double Bass - Hailing from Vancouver, BC, David Brown has been a member of the professional music community there for over twenty five years. He is a member of the Vancouver Symphony, the Principal Bass of the CBC Radio Orchestra, and a member of the contemporary chamber ensemble Turning Point and the gypsy jazz quartet VanDjango. With his interests in jazz, classical and contemporary idioms, David enjoys a wide variety of musical opportunities and has a particular interest in small ensemble settings of a chamber music or improvisational nature.


• Thursday Brown Bag Concert, May 22 at 12pm, State Office Building

• Unbridled Passion: Romantic Impulse Across the Ages, May 22 at 7:30 pm, UAS Egan Lecture Hall

• Open Rehearsal - Red Dogs & Pink Skies, May 23 at 3pm, UAS Egan Lecture Hall

• Red Dogs and Pink Skies - Family Concert, May 24 at 2pm, UAS Egan Lecture Hall

• Puttin' on the Ritz, May 24 at 8pm, UAS Egan Lecture Hall

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